What we get wrong about affirmative action

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  • Published on:  Monday, December 10, 2018
  • The latest allegation that Harvard discriminates against Asians could kill affirmative action altogether.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOAn alleged discrimination case against Harvard has put the affirmative action debate in the spotlight again — this time with Asian Americans being used to make the case against it. But the problem is, the way we talk about race in college admissions hasn’t changed for years…and it’s often wrong. While we may think of affirmative action as a policy that boosts college applicants of color to help undo the effects of historical discrimination — the Supreme Court has actually narrowed the use of affirmative action over decades of rulings. And now, armed with an allegation that Harvard is using race in college admissions to discriminate against Asian applicants — conservative opponents of affirmative action may put the issue back in the hands of a majority-conservative Supreme Court. Watch the video above to find out what we get wrong about the debate, and how Asians may fit into the complicated use of affirmative action in US college admissions. For more in-depth reading, check out these articles: https://www.vox.com/2018/3/28/1703146...https://www.vox.com/2018/10/18/179841... Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     6 months ago

    The lawsuit against Harvard not only forces us to talk about where Asian Americans fit into the affirmative action debate, but also their role in the racial equity debate. Read why on vox.com: http://bit.ly/2C1Bc56

  • Xiran Cheng

     10 days ago

    @C m not true

  • Ahmes Syahda

     6 months ago

    But why race tho? I mean, why don't just base the system by wealth? poorer students get some advantages while other students are treated the same no matter the race.

  • Fluffy Suga Kookies

     14 days ago


  • European Union

     6 months ago

    You don't fix past injustices by creating new injustices...

  • Characa Rosandi

     16 days ago

    THANK YOU. I've been saying this for so long.

  • Pranav Pillai

     22 days ago

    Very true

  • DareDog101

     6 months ago

    It's a little bit passive agressive at the end

  • Chris Carlson

     5 months ago

    I think we are asking the wrong questions here. Instead of asking "should we make it easier for minorities to enter college?" It might benefit us to ask, "why are minorities not performing as well academically to reach college standards?". It seems to me that the public school system tends to benefit certain social classes and races more than others. Perhaps looking at the faulty secondary school system is a better a approach than just saying "oh you are not at an academic leve...

  • Adam Pierce

     1 months ago

    It's really interesting how VOX bends information to its own agenda.

  • Bronze

     7 days ago

    Well I don't know what information got bent. Got to Pragger U. They deliberatly lie about things. But if they are bending, please share.

  • toot toot

     1 months ago

    @mr. blank I wouldn't be surprised if they inspired North Korea's propaganda tactics. This propaganda would make even Goebbels blush.

  • Ty Parker

     6 months ago

    Universities should consider SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS instead of race.

  • Bronze

     7 days ago

    Eh, Ty, you have no idea what you are saying. Blacks are on well fair after 100 years after the civil war. The end result would be the same.....

  • Paper Towel Boy

     29 days ago

    Vahnae Alcarus two students who work just as hard as each other and may have the same base intelligence won’t necessarily have the same scores and other measurable results if one student benefits from the advantages of wealth and race while the other doesn’t, going purely off of merit completely ignores the challenges that minorities and lower class students face as opposed to their either white or wealthy counterparts

  • Jamie Bowles

     1 months ago

    "... and Conservatives will finally get the color-blind process they've long dreamed of."It's not OUR dream- WHO said,"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."

  • Mike Jones

     1 months ago

    1) Stop including race on forms.2) Have everyone wear the same mask and uniform which covers all skin.3) Stop having people being selected by conformity or legacy.

  • Rohit Rai

     4 months ago

    6:14 _but it isn't because asians work harder or care more about education._ err...you dismissed this in one sentence7:45 equal protection clause was made to protect rights of any one who's rights to equal treatment were being undermined. _To protect Black people(more than others)_ is a strange implicationAffirmative Action is contested because it discriminates against some people for discriminating favorably towards some people. A better tool would be programs which help increase their(the histor...